July 2021 Chapter Meeting: Reinforcing the Basics of Compensation

  • 07/20/2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online
  • 270


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Join us for our July 2021 Sioux Empire SHRM chapter meeting and HR educational opportunity!   


Presented by Alternative HR, LLC consultants Karen DeLange, Julie Nelson, Kayla Johnson, and Sarah Meusburger 

Karen DeLange, SHRM-SCP, SPHRJulie Nelson, SHRM-SCP, SPHRKayla Johnson, SHRM-CPSarah Meusburger, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Join us for our July presentation where we'll dive into compensation basics, including compensation philosophy, job classification, wage analysis, and compensation systems.  Leading us through these important considerations are four SHRM certified HR Consultants who have been involved in evaluating compensation strategies and practices with clients in the private, public and non-profit sectors. They have conducted numerous compensation strategy sessions, analyzed dozens of jobs to help determine comparative worth and market value, and created scores of practical wage ranges and compensation systems for their clients.

The outline for our presenters and their presentation follows: 

Compensation Philosophy (Karen DeLange) – key questions to ask, including:

  • What are your organization’s goals and objectives with your compensation?
  • What do your people and leaders describe your organization’s compensation philosophy?
  • Where do you want to be positioned relative to other employers? How do you want to be perceived?
  • How close are you? What must change? What can change? 

Job Classification (Kayla Johnson) – how to classify and rank jobs within your organization

  • Job review and analysis 
  • Comparing essential functions and responsibilities, qualifications and requirements
  • Determining comparative values and relative worth
Wage Analysis (Sarah Meusburger) – how to find relevant external data
  • Consider where to find similar jobs, or jobs with comparable values
  • Looking at external data source (i.e. SESHRM Salary Survey, Labor Market Info, BLS.gov, etc.)
  • Factors to consider, including age of information; combination jobs

Compensation Systems (Julie Nelson) – determining a system that fits your organization

  • Simplicity/Complexity
  • Establishing wage ranges
  • Establishing guidelines and/or strict rules
  • Achieving executive buy-in

Karen DeLange, SHRM-SCP, SPHR: Karen is a Senior HR Consultant and Leadership Coach with Alternative HR, and was recently promoted to Director of Operations, adding the responsibility for day-to-day operations to her role in business development and project oversight. Karen has over 25 years of HR management experience. She provides strategic HR support and leadership coaching to clients, and handles complex workplace investigations.

Julie Nelson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR: Julie is a Senior HR Consultant and Compensation Specialist with Alternative HR, and serves on the company’s leadership team. Julie has 35 years of HR management experience, and has worked with a number of public and private sector clients, providing HR guidance and compensation expertise. Julie also has experience working with NPOs, their executives and their boards of directors.

Kayla Johnson, SHRM-CP: Kayla has been an HR Consultant with Alternative HR for the past 5 years. Kayla works with clients in the manufacturing, distribution and hospitality industries, and provides training to supervisors in the areas of communication skills and employment issues. Kayla works with compensation analysis, and has extensive knowledge in compliance issues such as Affordable Care Act issues, FMLA and FFCRA.

Sarah Meusburger, SHRM-SCP, SPHR: Sarah is a part-time HR Consultant with Alternative HR, but she is also the full-time HR Director at Banner Associates in Brookings, one of the areas largest engineering firms. Sarah has experience in both public and private sector HR, has written numerous HR-related articles, and has worked with a number of clients in the areas of compensation strategy, comp analysis and comp systems. 

Monthly chapter meetings and HR educational presentations are free for members and $20 for non-members.

This event has been approved for 1 hour of continuing educational credits from SHRM and HRCI (General).


Sioux Empire SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program has been pre-approved for 1 PDC. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org 

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

Events are currently planned for a virtual presentation format; in-person presentations will be adjusted as local COVID-19 related conditions permit.

Sioux Empire SHRM is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. | PO Box 1302 | Sioux Falls, SD 57101 | Chapter #217

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